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By Zaire Jones

It was a bad day to be on the Tar Heel Panthers on April 14, 1987. The Clarkton Blue Devils came in on a mission and beat the Panthers with a whopping 13 runs. Clarkton advanced to 5-1 on the season.

Clarkton’s pitcher Rodney Mckoy held the Panthers in check on the mound. Mckoy surrendered four hits, walked two batters, and struck out six batters. Two of the walks came in the first inning. Mckoy would receive the win in the rout for Clarkton. The Panthers’ Michael Kinlaw was the losing pitcher in the game. Clarkton ratified Kinlaw in the game, leading to their big lead.

The Blue Devils had two men on base to start off the bottom of the first inning. Kenzil Mcall brought in the game’s first run, making it 1-0 for the Blue Devils. Clarkton added four more runs in the bottom of the second. The Blue Devils got back-to-back singles from Joe Melvin and Ray Atkinson to start off the inning. Keith Mckoy scored Melvin to make it 2-0, followed by Atkinson scoring off Chuck Heustess’s fielder’s choice, putting the Blue Devils up 3-0. Heustess scored off an RBI single by Sherman Ford to put the Blue Devils up 4-0. Ford came home off Rodney Mckoy’s RBI double as Clarkton was up 5-0.

In the fourth, Keith Mckoy tripled and then scored off an overthrow, making the game 6-0. Heustess tripled himself shortly after. Chuck Heustess, Sherman Ford, and Frank Jones all scored on errors, making the game 9-0.

Clarkton managed a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the fifth. Clark Heustess walked to lead off, followed by Kenzil Mcall’s single and Sherman Ford’s Walk. Rodney Mckoy was up to bat and sealed the game with a grand slam to end the game at 13-0 due to the 10-run rule.

Clark, John (1987) Southeastern Times

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